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How to Remove Snow and Salt Stains

Now that snow season is finally over (knock on wood!), it’s time to tackle those brownish stains on your carpets and rugs caused by Old Man Winter—specially, the calcium chloride in salty melted ice. First, thoroughly vacuum up what you can. Next, neutralize the stain with a vinegar solution, and blot with a towel from the edge of the stain […]

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A “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Laundry Tip

We’re all familiar with the age-old mystery of the missing sock. Where does the other pair go? Armed with this clever laundry tip, you won’t have to wonder anymore.

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What to Do With Your Old Cell Phones

If you’ve purchased a new phone and are wondering what to do with your old one, turn it into an “emergencies only” cell phone. Even though there’s no subscription plan associated with the phone, because of government mandates, wireless carries are still required to transmit emergency calls made to 911. Just one important note: In the event that you do […]

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How to Cover a Popped Pimple

Despite definitely knowing better, you popped a pimple and it erupted. Rather than lecturing you on how bad it is to pick at your skin—because it is a bad idea­­­­—here’s how to cover it up: A combination of acne-fighting gel, concealer, and translucent loose powder. First, go ahead and apply an acne-fighting gel (like Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion, $17, […]

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Easy Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Flour? Check. Sugar? Check. Baking powder…? Missing in action. And cardamom? Not a chance. Maybe you keep limited supplies on hand because you’re only an occasional cook or baker. Maybe you simply don’t have the cabinet space. Or, perhaps, it’s the most likely reason of all: You plumb forgot to restock that missing ingredient when you ran out. But before […]

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A Surefire Way to Stay Accountable

You *know* you ought to take the stairs instead of the elevator and floss every night… and yet, sometimes not doing those good-for-you extra steps is all the more tempting. If you’re a parent and trying to hold yourself accountable to small goals, try this tip from reader Rachel R.S.: Enlist your kids. When we asked our Facebook fans for […]

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Beauty Bad Habits

A few months back, I posted about my nail-biting habit. I got many great ideas about how to quit from all of you. I thought I’d follow up and let you know that, although I have not kicked the habit entirely (hey, it was 43 years in the making), I have become more mindful of when I’m biting—and, therefore, more […]

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80+ Surprising Items You Can Recycle

Did you know you can recycle those ripped pantyhose? No? What about printer cartridges? Seventy percent of used ink cartridges are thrown into landfills, where it will take approximately 450 years for them to fully decompose. That’s a lot of wasted space!

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An Easy Way to Remember Birthdays

Convenient as Facebook birthday reminders can be, wouldn’t it be nice to remember someone’s big day sometime before the last possible second? If you had a hard time committing important dates to memory, try this trick. As soon as you learn a person’s birthday, mark it in your phone, computer, or email service’s calendar as a recurring yearly event, and […]

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A Clever New Use for Contact Lens Cases

If you’ve ever worn contacts, you very likely have a spare (or two… or five) contact lens cases. Not sure what to do with them? We’ve long been fans of using a clean set as a travel spice holder (see above). A new genius idea: On Instagram, reader @monstersg suggested using the cases as a travel-friendly moisturizer and sunblock holder […]

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